The Australian Diamonds closed the door on their incredibly successful 2014 season last week, finishing the year without a loss after posting their 19th consecutive win at the AIS Arena on Wednesday 22 October.
After breaking their 12-year Commonwealth Games Gold Medal drought in August this year, the Diamonds went on to claim the 2014 Constellation Cup in a clean sweep over Tasman rivals the New Zealand Silver Ferns, before finishing the year with a two-nil series victory over England.
While they are certainly impressive statistics, Swifts HQ have pulled out a few other interesting numbers from the recent International Netball Series to share with you today…
- The Diamonds won 18 quarters out of a possible 24; 13/16 against the Silver Ferns and five/eight against England.
- The Diamonds scored a combined 315 goals across both series, shooting at 68 percent; 206 goals from 333 attempts against the Silver Ferns, and 109 goals from 134 attempts against England.
- Not surprisingly, Caitlin Bassett top-scored for the Aussies with 190 goals at 87 percent. The 192cm shooter scored 60 percent of the Diamonds’ goals for the two series.
- Madison Robinson tallied up the most goal assists, feeding the ball into the shooting circle an incredible 90 times – 47 times more than Kimberley Ravaillion who was second for goal assists with 43.
- Sharni Layton topped the table for the most Rebounds and Intercepts in the Aussies, even though the NSW Swifts defender took the court for just 12 quarters throughout the series! Sharni finished with 13 rebounds and 10 intercepts.
- While Sharni finished with 25 Deflections for the series, injured Diamonds captain Laura Geitz topped the table with 27 from the Constellation Cup against the Silver Ferns.
While the Diamonds have hung up their netball shoes for the remainder of the year – well, until they return to their respective franchises for pre-season training in December that is! – the Silver Ferns and England will play out a two-Test series in New Zealand.
2015 NSW Swifts recruit Jade Clarke will again be leading England as acting-Captain for the injured Pamela Cookey, starting tomorrow night (Tuesday 28 October) at Energy Events Centre in Rotorua, before the final match at Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North.
Check back into nswswifts.com.au on Wednesday for a brief recap of the action or keep an eye out for updates via social media!
Though the international season seems to be quickly coming to an end for another year, don’t worry netball fans – there’s plenty of action still to come with the Fast5 Netball World Series, starting Saturday 8 November in Auckland! You can catch Jade Clark in action on FOX SPORTS 3, the Fast5 coverage starts from 11am-6:30pm on Saturday 8 November and 10:30am – 7:00pm on Sunday 9 November AEST.
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